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Fact Check: Video Showing Protesters Vandalizing A Chicago Store Goes Viral With Fictitious Claims

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A video showing a huge mob of people running out of a vandalized Nike store is doing the rounds on social media. Many users claim that the visuals are of the recent Black Friday Sale on November 24, 2023.

A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption: This Black Friday discount must have been amazing. Look at all these satisfied customers!

You can check the post here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be fake.

Running a Reverse Image Search of the video keyframes, our team identified a tweet on the official handle of the Russian media outlet, RT. The video matches with the viral clip, but given that it was posted on May 31, 2020, it cannot be linked to this year’s Black Friday Sale.

Another news article on NBC Chicago, dated May 30, 2020, with a title: Macy’s, Zara, Nike and More: Major Downtown Stores Damaged During Chicago Protests, carries an image that matches with the viral image. According to the article, angry mob vandalized all the storefronts at Michigan Avenue, Chicago, while protesting for George Floyd’s murder in 2020. 

CoStar, a leading global provider of commercial and residential real estate information, analytics, and online marketplaces, also carries a story about the vandalism on June 1, 2020, informing about all the brands that were affected by the violent crowd. 

Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral post, claiming to show visuals from the recent Black Friday Sale, is fake.

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